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Raven's Way: Adolescent substance abuse treatment

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

Raven’s Way serves Native and non-Native adolescents with primary diagnoses of substance abuse or dependence from the state of Alaska. A cohort model accepting ten students at a time, it incorporates traditional substance abuse treatment with experiential and wilderness based components. It includes a 14-20 day backpacking or kayaking expedition in Alaska rainforests on each course. Length of courses range from 37-45 days. Youth referred should be those who would benefit from a program that includes physical challenges, group cooperation, and team building. Since Raven’s Way is a voluntary program, participants must be willing to engage themselves in an intensive, substance-free treatment program.

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Mental Health , Substance Abuse

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Name: Anita Didrickson, Ph.D.
Site or Location Name: Raven's Way Adolescent Residential Treatment Program
222 Tongass Drive
Sitka, AK 00000
Phone: 9079668767